Globe artichoke has such a ‘presence’ in the garden that even if it was of no food or therapeutic use, it would be wonderful to grow.
The flower buds and stalks, if blanched or steamed in the ‘Italian way’ are just so delicious. But Globe artichoke has so much more to offer.
The antibiotic properties in the leaf and root are brilliant to treat hardening of the arteries and liver damage as well as increasing the ‘flow’ of cholesterol.
The huge leaves of Globe artichoke can be dried and powdered easily to use medicinally.
Germinates easily and transplants well and is very attractive to bees.
Globe artichoke is an herbaceous perennial, not an annual.